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Diaper Polymer Factory in Japan Goes Boom

You are probably wondering why you should care about a polymer manufacturer in Japan.  Let’s see:

Nikon Shokubai’s chemical plant explosion might impact you if you use absorbent products like Diapers, or Adult care napkins, even feminine hygiene products.

The company makes a polymer known as SAP in the business.  It is a polyacrylic acid that is powder in form, but it swells to absorb water.  I’ve got some concerns about using this stuff with infants anyhow, because there hasn’t been a lot of testing on whether or not it is cancer causing, or toxic to humans.

I guess all we know right now is this material might be a bit more expensive in the future and that is bound to show up as a price increase on something as common as baby diapers!
What can you do?

love,

mo

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Don’t Believe Americans Suppport Unmanned Drones!

I found this link on Drudge this morning.  It takes you to Alex Jone’s Infowar site which is pretty radical, but the point is that the survey disgusts me.  Half of all Americans support unmanned drones in the air?

Were you asked?  I know I wasn’t.  I have talked about these vehicles before on this blog and I shared some of my concerns.  One of the biggest is about personal communication for Americans.   These drones can record signals you send from things like cell phones.  I’ll bet some of you are saying ” They can’t get my information, I have a special phone!”  Well, try reading up on it.  The scrambling doesn’t take place at your phone, it takes place at the tower, which is sending to a satellite.  Anything that grabs the information before it gets there gets whatever you’ve whispered into the phone.

I’m all for using these drones for catching bad guys or gals, but first I want American civil liberties protected and I want it in writing.  I want our laws to catch up with our technology before we use technology to catch Americans. There are bad people in the world, but most of us aren’t dangerous and we shouldn’t have our rights stripped to make it easier for authorities.

love,

mo

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Taxing Faith in Germany?

I just read a surprising fact over at the Times Leader in PA.  It seems that Germans have to pay up to 9 percent of their income tax to their chosen church.  In other words, if you are registered as Catholic, part of your income tax will  go to the Catholic church.

In that country churches make much more through taxation than they do through private donations.
And people seem to be finding ways to save on their tax bill by dropping church affiliations.

Here is the link.

Can you imagine paying 72 dollars a month as a single person to be a member of your church?  Do you think Germany has it right? Or wrong?

love,

mo

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Japanese Cheesecake

Yesterday I made a cheesecake that I had been seeing on Pinterest.  It was delicious.  I’d attach the recipe here but I tweaked it because I wasn’t quite sure of the conversions from an English kitchen and an American one.  Who knew it would be so hard to make a delicious cheesecake?

I think I started with one block of cream cheese.  The recipe called for about 10.5 oz, but our blocks don’t come in that amount so I used what I had.  I also needed 3 tablespoons of butter, 2/3 of a cup of milk, 3 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon of corn flour in one double boiler, and 20 grams of sugar.  Heat till thickened.

In another bowl I stirred the remaining 3 egg whites with 55 grams of sugar, or something close.

I mixed the two bowls together. Poured them into an 8 inch baking dish seated in a water bath and baked it for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.  I turned down the temperature to 300 degrees for another 25 minutes and then left it in the oven for an hour.

I made a mess of my kitchen without knowing whether the cake would be worth all the effort and I’m very glad I did. I sliced into a cloud of light cheesy goodness last night.  It retained the consistency of light foam, but after you ate it you’d swear you just ate a piece of cheesecake, which of course,you just did.

Don’t go by my recipe for it here if you are going to try it.  Go to my pinterest site, or just type in Japanese cheesecake.

love,

mo

 

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Everyone Needs Vacations!

Hi again,

I know it has been ages since I talked last, but I was asked to take up the keyboard again, and I figured it was about time.

This has been such a busy summer for me.  I have two children “out of the nest”, and that hit me harder than I would have imagined.  You can see the last entries before my vacation were just before the start of the new college year.  I’m in absolute amazement that my little tiny girls grew up.

I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to local news.  Instead I was working on getting a certificate in a couple of college courses online.  Now I know that some people don’t think online education stands a chance because it’s tough to be teaching or attending a class with 40,000 students.  But who cares?  I’m being taught by some pretty marvelous people who are real names in their fields. 

I’ve also discovered that when it comes to writing argumentative essays, I’m almost incoherent.  Okay, that isn’t exactly true, but I wanted to get every single paper I submitted returned with glowing remarks;instead, my peers viciously ripped apart my submissions. But I wouldn’t give up, and thanks to their scathing and unbridled criticism I think I’ve become an even better writer.( Although, let’s not ask them to review this blog.  They are probably busy)

I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I hope you have a lot to look forward to this fall.  I hope we’ll keep visiting.

love,

mo